Renault 4 variety of vehicles

Over 30 years Renault manufactured 8,135,424 R4 vehicles in 28 countries. Including a wide range of models.
Down here are listed the various models, their main characteristics and special versions of the models.
The information is based on Renault publications, published for the Renault 4 50th anniversary events in 2011.


On the right side, the movie "This is the story of Renault 4".

In all the years Renault preserved the chassis profile same for all models (except RODEO), the main difference was reflected on the front of the vehicle, the hood.
Here are the three versions that have changed over the years, both saloon and van:

aluminum (The logo changed in-1972)
Plastic, different colors

Type R 1121

On October 1961, at the Paris Auto Show, Renault 4 was introduced in three versions,
R3 a scaled-back version (fiscal rating of 3HP) with a 603 cc (type 690) engine
that attained 22.5 SAE HP and a three-speed gearbox + reverse
From the outside the R3 can be distinguished by its painted tubular bumpers,the lack
of hubcaps and its four side windows. In the passenger compartment,minimalism ruled:
there was a single sun visor on the driver's side,equipped with a frail three-spoke steering wheel.
The R3 was discontinued in September 1962.

Type R 1120

The R4 (type R 1120) resembled the R3, notably with its third side window partially
covered by a metal sheet, but it was fitted with a 747 cc engine (type 680).
And a three-speed gearbox + reverse.

Type R 1120

Beyond the economical models, the range included an R4L, whose six side windows
gave it a claim on the title "limousine", this version also had a 747 cc engine under its hood.
And a three-speed gearbox + reverse.

R4 Fourgonnette
Type R 2102

The first van version of the Renault 4 was presented right after the 1961 Auto Show.
Its payload was 300 kg and it had the same trim as the R3 and R4, but with wider tyres (145 x 330).
The R4 van was offered with an optional hinged rear roof flap dubbed "giraffe roof" ("Girafon").
And a three-speed gearbox + reverse.

(1962)R4 Super
Type R 1122
Type R 1124

March 1962 saw the debut of the R4 Super model, which was also considered to be a "super comfort" model,
according to sales documentation from the period. It kept the 747 cc engine,
but its horsepower grew to 32 SAE HP. This new version reused the R4L's six-window body,
but innovated with its new fold-down rear tailgate with drop window. This version was equipped
with chrome-plated dual-tube bumpers. In September, The Super was fitted with an 845 cc engine
(type 800-02), which made its fiscal rating 5 HP and earned it a new place in the Renault
nomenclature: R 1124. The R4L abandoned its tubular bumpers in favour of chrome-plated finned fenders.
In September 1963, the R4 Super was dropped from the catalogue in favour of the R4L Super (type R 1123).


S.I.N.P.A.R. (Société Industrielle de Production et d'Adaptation Rhodanienne), Renault's
long-standing subcontractor specialised in construction site vehicles, began using the
Renault 4 as an "all terrain", four-wheel drive vehicle.
Renault 4x4 vehicles was manufactured over the years in various models and including van.

(1963)R4L Super
Type R 1123

This model was very much like to R4 Super with enhanced features for export,
such as improved transmission, separate front seats and folding rear seats.
Sliding rear door windows and fixed third side window.
In september 1964 the R4L Super was replaced by R4L Export with engines improvements.

R4 Parisienne
Type R 1123

The "Parisienne" entered the scene in December 1963. This elegant version of the R4L was the
result of an operation launched in conjunction with Elle magazine. Recognisable by its
decorative side panels and its special interior, it was introduced in two versions, one with a
wicker pattern and one with a plaid pattern.
Over the years the model had some improvements, until the end of the model in 1968.

Renault 4
Luxe & Export

In September 1965, the R4 name would give way to "Renault 4". All of the brand's
models replaced the abbreviated "R" with the brand's name spelled out in its entirety.
The R4 became the Renault 4 Luxe and the R4L became the Renault 4 Export.
In 1967 Renault added a speed, stepping up to a four-speed gearbox.
In 1970 the electric equipment changed from 6 to 12 volts.

Renault 4 F4
Type R 2105
Type R 2106

In March 1966 van models have been improved. More powerful engines
and the payload was increased from 300kg to 350kg,
Also sliding rear window and rear folding chair.

Renault 4 Plein Air
Type R 1123

In 1968 the Plein Air — a cabriolet version of the Renault 4—hit the market.
Manufactured by Sinpar, the "Plein Air", a torpedo stripped of doors and side windows,
was ideal for the beach and recreational activities.
The model manufactured for three years and during 1970 has been removed from the catalog.

Renault Rodeo 4

In 1971 as response to the Citroen Mehari, the Rodeo entered the scene. Project of
Ateliers de Construction du Libradois (A.C.L.) designed and built by Teilhol.
This vehicle built on the basis of a Renault 4 van R2106 with fiberglass body.

Renault Rodeo 6

In 1972 the rodeo 6 was launched, it was based on the R1181 model.
The previous model was named Rodeo 4. The models continued production until 1981,
with different variations of doors, seats and design.
Then the rodeo 4 and rodeo 6 were replaced by Rodeo 5 that was based on the Renault 5.

Renault 4
Type R 1126

In 1971, the engine capacity (Type 839-06) increased from 747cc to 782cc.

Renault 4 F4
Type R 2109
Type R 2108

In 1971,the cubic capacity of the engines (Type 839-06) increased from 747cc to 782cc.
A new van, featuring an 845 cc engine (type R 2108) was launched,
it also had a raised plastic roof and a 400-kg payload.
The model ended production in 1988.

Renault 4 F6
Type R 2370
Type R 2430

In June 1975 the van was extended by 8 cm and its payload
rose from 350 to 400 kg or from 400 to 440 kg respectively
for the long version (type R 2370) and long estate version (type R 2430).
The model ended production in 1985.

Renault 4 TL
Type R 1123

In 1975 the Renault 4 Export becomes the Renault 4 TL.

Renault 4 Safari

In 1976 the Safari boasted an exterior appearance and interior
features specifically designed to appeal to young consumers.
The main characteristics: separate tubes front seats dressed
with striped fabric and leather, unique headrests, wide decorative side strips.
All chrome parts were painted black, Such as mirrors, handles, bumpers etc.
Optional Sunroof.
The Safari production was discontinued in 1978.

Renault 4 GTL
Type R 1128

As of January 1978, the new Renault 4 GTL featured an 1,108cc engine (Type 688-12)
that had already been seen on the Renault 8, which here delivered 34 DIN HP.
Because the formula for calculating fiscal ratings changed,
the new Renault 4 GTL was still a 4 HP despite the increased cubic capacity.
On the outside, its radiator grille and bumpers were uniformly grey and
two protective crossovers were added to the ends of the front bumper.

Renault 4 PickUp

In July 1978, the pick-up debuted. Designed on the base of the F6 van,
this utilitarian van was produced in Auvergne in the workshops
of the Teilhol facility.

Renault 4 Jogging

In May 1981, Renault revealed "the best way to roll". That was the
advertising slogan of the new Renault 4 Jogging, a limited production run
of 5,000 cars based on the - GTL. Its décor was resolutely young
with vibrant colours and an integrated blue sun roof covered in canvas cloth.
The main characteristics: white chassis, door handles and dashboard, blue bumpers and
protective strips at the bottom of the doors. Blue yellow and red interior and
side decorative stripes below the window line.
JOGGING logo on the hood and back door.

Renault 4 JP4

In 1981 - CAR SYSTEMS company launched The JP4 derived from the Renault 4.
The chassis shortened by 27 cm and on it an open fiberglass body,
Wide tires, rollover arc and Grill remind the classic Jeep.
production stopped in 1988 when the company went bankrupt.
CAR SYSTEMS produced between 1500 to 2000 vehicles in three models:

Renault 4 Sixties

In 1985
A former fan of the Sixties...the Renault 4 tried to keep the range alive,
the Sixties version, produced in a limited run of 2,200 units, re-energised sales.
Designed on the base of the GTL model, this version, offered in blue, yellow
or red, could be distinguished by its two sun roofs in heat-resistant glass
and its black matt exterior trim.

Renault 4 Savane
Type 112C

Launched in May 1986, the Savane would be the last evolutions of the Renault 4.
A sign of the times, the diamond brand's cars were given names and not
simply alphanumeric sequences. The Renault 4 TL was renamed "TL Savane".
The TL used the 956 cc unit with five crankshaft bearings which also
delivered 34 DIN HP. The model could be easily identified thanks to the words
"Savane" affixed to the front doors and rear tailgate. The Savane used the
same wheels as the Renault 5 GTL.

Renault 4 Clan

Launched in May 1986, the Clan would be the last evolutions of the Renault 4.
A sign of the times, the diamond brand's cars were given names and not
simply alphanumeric sequences. The Renault 4 GTL was renamed "Clan".
The model could be easily identified thanks to the words "Clan" affixed
to the front doors and rear tailgate. The Clan inherited the handsome
two-colour "Style" rims which had already been seen on the
Renault 12 and Renault 16.

Renault 4 Cartes Jeunes

In 1992 a new limited series based on the TL Savane 956cc engine,
the "Carte Jeune", was launched in July. It was easy to guess the
consumer target... Offered in four shades, "Grapefruit", "Glacier White",
"Bright Red" and "Sequoia", and featuring a special interior,
the car was embellished with body trim consisting of a double border
and the "Carte Jeune" logo.

Renault 4 Bye-Bye

In 1992 a final limited edition of 1,000 units based on the Clan model
(1108cc engine) would be produced: the Bye-Bye. The very last version
of the Renault 4, each model left the assembly plant with a numbered
plaque on the instrument panel counting down from 1000 to 1.